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cc: Jason Lowe <jason.loweatXYZxyzoffice.gov.uk>, Maria Noguer <m.nogueratXYZxyzding.ac.uk>
date: Sun, 31 May 2009 18:27:52 +0100
from: "Nicholls R.J." <R.J.NichollsatXYZxyzon.ac.uk>
subject: RE: A proposal for QUEST-GSI-2?
to: Nigel Arnell <n.w.arnellatXYZxyzding.ac.uk>, "Tim Wheeler" <t.r.wheeleratXYZxyzding.ac.uk>, Tim Osborn <t.osbornatXYZxyz.ac.uk>, "Dawson T.P." <t.p.dawson@soton.ac.uk>, Richard Taylor <r.taylor@geog.ucl.ac.uk>, "pete.smith@abdn.ac.uk" <pete.smithatXYZxyzn.ac.uk>, "rjh@ceh.ac.uk" <rjhatXYZxyz.ac.uk>, "richard.betts@metoffice.gov.uk" <richard.bettsatXYZxyzoffice.gov.uk>, "e.fraser@see.leeds.ac.uk" <e.fraseratXYZxyz.leeds.ac.uk>, "graham.pilling@cefas.co.uk" <graham.pilling@cefas.co.uk>, "sari. kovats" <sari.kovatsatXYZxyztm.ac.uk>

Following the others, I think that an earlier proposal would be best to maintain momentum
and maximise what we can deliver to AR5.


Before, proceeding I would recommend talking to NERC - is there any steer there?


The disadvantage is time -- I am available for some of June, but only discrete windows.


Best Wishes


Robert


From: Nigel Arnell [mailto:n.w.arnell@reading.ac.uk]
Sent: 22 May 2009 15:49
To: Tim Wheeler; Tim Osborn; Dawson T.P.; Nicholls R.J.; Richard Taylor;
pete.smith@abdn.ac.uk; rjh@ceh.ac.uk; richard.betts@metoffice.gov.uk;
e.fraser@see.leeds.ac.uk; graham.pilling@cefas.co.uk; sari. kovats;
n.w.arnellatXYZxyzding.ac.uk
Cc: Jason Lowe; Maria Noguer
Subject: A proposal for QUEST-GSI-2?


Dear all,


I know that we have not finished QUEST-GSI yet, but it is timely to think about
"QUEST-GSI-2". The QUEST-GSI framework has given us an excellent opportunity to make a
major contribution to IPCC AR5 and the DECC AVOID programme (as it evolves).


I am proposing that we submit a proposal to NERC for a new project to build on QUEST-GSI. I
have attached a very preliminary outline, summarizing how we would (i) run with new
scenarios and (ii) enhance the science (although I haven't yet specified how we might do
that - recognizing that "running with new scenarios" will involve some new science too).


The key question is whether we seek to make a proposal for the 1 July 2009 NERC deadline or
the 1 December 2009 deadline.


The main advantages and disadvantages of each are:


July (with potential start in April 2010) advantages
continuity


more time to do the science


Disadvantages time to prepare proposal


too soon to present results from
QUEST-GSI in proposal


too soon to bring in new partners

December (with potential start in summer 2010 at the earliest)


Advantages time to prepare a good proposal


Able to include examples from
QUEST-GSI


Disadvantages risk of break with QUEST-GSI


Shorter time to do the work


I would greatly appreciate any comments. I have not discussed this with anybody at NERC or
in QUEST.


Regards


Nigel


Professor Nigel Arnell

Director

Walker Institute for Climate System Research

University of Reading

Earley Gate

RG6 6BB

UK


+44-118-378-7392

www.walker-institute.ac.uk

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